Neighborhood biography

Heroic stories are all around us, if we just take the time to search them out. Here’s how:

When visiting someone’s office or home, pay attention to what’s posted on their walls, or displayed on bookcases. Do family pictures sometimes include someone famous?

If you like to to write, you can offer neighbors a valuable service by offering to chronicle important events in a grandparent’s or relative’s life.

While at an annual physical a few years ago, I noticed my doctor had a new display on his wall that commemorated the 50th anniversary of D-Day. I asked him about it, and discovered he was one of the first doctors to come ashore on that day.

I learned something new about a person I’d always admired, and after that day I respected him even more.

The secret: There are unassuming heroes all around us, and we can discover them if we just take the time to ask a few questions.

Published by

Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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